CFP: [Cultural-Historical] International Symposium - Samuel de Champlain Quadricentennial "When the French Were Here"

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Antoine J. Polgar Ph.D
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont will host an international acad-
emic symposium on July 2-5, 2009 amidst the pageantry of the Champlain
Quadricentennial Observances commemorating Samuel de Champlain’s explor-
ation of Lake Champlain in 1609. The 2009 celebration of historical
memory and identity in the Lake Champlain Basin evokes the 150 year
French presence in the region (beginning with its exploration by Cham-
plain in 1609) and perpetuates a tradition of earlier observances of
public memory in 1909 and 1959. Entitled “When the French Were Here,” the
Symposium takes place in the context of the experience of temporality.
Though Samuel de Champlain is the historical subject of the event, the
Symposium engages scholars in the contemplation of origins and the
present in the public memory. Submissions are invited in such fields as
French 17th century cultural history, colonial history of North America,
the Literature of Exploration and Travel, the Psychology of Encounter,
Historical Theory, Renaissance Studies, 16th century cartography and
geography, the History of Exploration, Ethno history, Anthropology,
Native American historical demography and New World archaeology. Possible
topics may include:The Use of History: Pageants and Parades and
Monuments; The Human Ecology of Colonization; The Rhetoric and Discourse
of Discovery; Literature of Exploration; The Representation of New World
People in Early Modern France; Colonial Hagiography in New France;
- Submit abstract of no more than 200 words, along with a CV to:
Professor Willard Sterne Randall at, Professor
Nancy Nahra at, or Professor Antoine J. Polgar at, or by mail to Professor Randall or Professor Nahra
at: Champlain College, 163 South Willard St., Burlington, VT 05402.
Papers to be read will be of 15-20 minutes in length (roughly 2000
words). Papers read will be collected and published as conference
proceedings. Deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2008.

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